This year, NASA will be inaugurating its giant SLS launcher, sending an uncrewed Orion capsule around the Moon for a test flight. On the web, you can register your first name and surname so they travel on board stored in a chip.
After a delay, this is the year that NASA’s SLS launcher (Space Launch System) will make its inaugural flight. 98 m high, it will send an uncrewed Orion capsule with a service module provided by the European Space Agency (ESA) to the Moon.
Climb on Board
Entitled Artemis 1, this automatic mission is a rehearsal for the following mission (Artemis 2 to no-one’s great surprise!) scheduled for 2024 on which astronauts will orbit the Moon.
But you too can orbit our natural satellite this year with Artemis 1, or at least your first and surname can. To do so, go to the special web page on the NASA site. Click on Get Boarding Pass and you will get the page below.
In First Name, enter your first name. Last Name is for the surname. Finally, Pin Code (4-7 digits) is simply a 4 – 7 digit code which will enable you to find your Boarding Pass.
By clicking Submit, it will appear on screen and you can download it. An example below.
The names collected in this way will be recorded on an electronic memory device which will be put aboard Orion. In addition to participating in the first flight in the Artemis programme, you will also be a “passenger” on the first mission of a NASA Orion capsule with its ESM service module (European Service Module) provided by ESA and built by Airbus Defence and Space with Thales Alenia Space.
The return to our celestial neighbour is the subject of a special exhibition at Cité de l’espace in Toulouse.
The take-off from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida is scheduled at the moment for June, if all the tests proceed as planned.